All Comment articles – Page 10

  • Construction site - crane
    Professional

    What changes do the new building regulations entail?

    2022-07-27T00:00:00Z

    New building regulations were introduced in the UK on 15 June 2022 that brought several important changes to the property industry, targeting insulation, ventilation and energy consumption. While the regulations apply primarily to new buildings, they also apply to home retrofitting projects, namely structural renovations such as extensions.

  • Europe proptech
    Insight

    ​Upside down and inside out: turning the European real estate market on its head

    2022-07-26T13:07:00Z

    The past few years have turned the world on its head. The pandemic caused the global economy to shrink, with volatile markets and soaring inflation levels only adding to the struggles. 

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    Insight

    Stakeholders will review options as real estate distress increases

    2022-07-26T10:08:00Z

    The UK economy is coming under pressure. Discretionary spend by consumers is likely to fall along with a loss of confidence with risk of a recession.

  • Climate change
    Online

    Why is our next PM not talking about the climate emergency?

    2022-07-25T10:50:00Z

    This month, the Met Office recorded Britain’s hottest recorded temperature – a roasting 40.3°C. An extraordinary and terrifying milestone. Most climate scientists agree that climate change is the reason we are seeing such brutal temperatures.

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    Insight

    Heatwaves serve as a final warning

    2022-07-20T23:00:00Z

    As temperatures soar across England and Wales, many office buildings are going to become unusable. This, I believe, should be seen as a powerful warning for real estate investors.

  • Digital technology property
    Insight

    AI will take over repetitive tasks in the workplace

    2022-07-20T23:00:00Z

    AI is already in the workplace – but perhaps not obviously so. Already, there are lots of AI tools out there that support businesses with improving data processing and consistency by reducing human error. AI does this by taking over repetitive tasks and analysing data to isolate trends and ...

  • West end
    Insight

    ​The jobs crisis in hospitality is worsening

    2022-07-20T10:09:00Z

    A thriving London is good for the rest of the UK, and the West End should be at the very heart of the nation’s economic recovery. But as London gets back to business, recruitment has become an existential issue facing the West End’s hospitality sector.

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    Insight

    Will party voters pick the right PM?

    2022-07-20T00:00:00Z

    It was Harold Wilson who coined the immortal line that a week is a long time in politics, but even he would have been shocked by the speed of events since Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resigned from the government and between them precipitated a tsunami of resignations that even ...

  • Online shopping
    Professional

    Is an online sales tax on the way?

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    As a business, we have been campaigning for a fairer balance in the taxation of the retail sector for many years. Every valuation cycle, Spring Budget, Autumn Statement and Queen’s Speech has been seen as an opportunity to move the dial and unilaterally reform business rates.

  • Zero carbon
    Insight

    Net zero: redemption is possible

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    “It’s not going away, right?” These five simple words, recently uttered by one of my colleagues, neatly encapsulate the issue of climate change on our industry, and on society and humanity in general.

  • Wakefield v2
    Insight

    Making a northern powerhouse

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    Andrew Coombs, chief executive of Sirius Real Estate, tells Andy Hillier why the business park operator has its gaze fixed on the north after the purchase of BizSpace.

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    Insight

    It’s time for REITs to take shelter

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    The words of the Rolling Stones 1969 hit Gimme Shelter sum up the situation faced by REITs today: “A storm is threatening/My very life today/If I don’t get some shelter/I’m gonna fade away.” They face unusually uncertain times.

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    Insight

    Innovation no longer a dirty word

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    For decades, innovation was considered a dirty word in housebuilding, a sector that was referred to by economists as ‘the backwards industry’ due to its reluctance to embrace technological innovation.

  • Finance
    Insight

    Time to get creative with finance

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    The FT recently reported that the UK economy was experiencing “the worst combination of surging prices and zero growth” since the 1970s, with inflation reaching a 40-year high at 9.1%.

  • Town_credit_shutterstock_LD Media UK_1721207032
    Professional

    Impact of BNG on local planning

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    A mandatory 10% biodiversity net gain (BNG) will be required on most new developments from autumn 2023. But an increasing number of Local Plans already require BNG, as our research on 322 English local planning authorities (LPAs) has found.

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    Professional

    Legal professionals can be agents of change in property

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    Lawyers have a positive role to play in helping the property industry become more diverse and inclusive

  • Working from home
    Insight

    What has WFH taught us about maximising the office?

    2022-07-18T13:41:00Z

    We are now approaching six months since Covid work-from-home (WFH) guidance was scrapped and a hybrid working model of some degree is now ingrained in most companies. 

  • Planning
    Insight

    Plan-making vital to levelling up

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    The Levelling Up White Paper, which focuses on tackling regional disparities across the UK, is essentially a manifesto for levelling up everywhere, not just north versus south. 

  • Strand Palace Hotel
    Insight

    Premium service is vital to success of hotel market

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    Dalata’s recently reported pandemic bounceback, with “a faster-than-anticipated recovery in hotel markets over the past four months”, makes for positive reading after the challenges of the past few years (‘Dalata bounces back from pandemic as hotel revenue rises’). As confidence returns, I think we are going to see quite a ...

  • Google Palace
    Insight

    Mighty monument to passing era

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    In late May, it took half an hour to half-circle the unfinished 330m-long Google Plex at King’s Cross, including stops to gawk and wonder if this skinny, 11-storey landscraper will one day become an object of Ozymandian curiosity. Maybe a stop on the tourist trail?